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It slows the cars.. Yup... you read that right...
 

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yup...for "safety" and to slow them down they banned slicks and went to grooved tires. They will be going back to slicks next season.
 

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Because the rule makers are idiots.
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:no::no::no:

heres the main rulemaker in action
 

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In addition to slowing the cars down, it was thought, at the time, that it would make passing easier. FAIL!
 

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Just about every year they change the rules to "slow the cars down".
It usually takes the engineers about three lunch breaks and a weekend's fuel sniffing to get the cars back up to speed - so the circuit owners/builders have to make more "crash friendly" tracks.

The tyre issue was addressed because there were two competing suppliers of the little round black things. They, naturally put a lot of effort into making their tyre faster than the other guy's.

The regulation to add "tread" (not really tread - just gaps) was supposed to limit the performance that could be squeezed out of a tyre.
It worked about as well as you would expect.

Now we are back to a single supplier situation so there's no need for gaps. The tyre supplier can supply "slower" tyres to cut speeds without harming its reputation.

Formula One has a complex attitude to performance restriction.
It prides itself as being the pinnacle of technical innovation and looks down on any rules that "improve the show".
But at the same time - it is constantly stepping in to restrict the innovation of engineers who might gain an advantage.

If the FIA were a (probably male) person - he'd be on medication for schitzophrenia.

.... and he'd drive a Ferrari.

(sorry, couldn't resist)

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lol
 

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Going back to a full slick next year
 

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F1 needs to go back to tires that are 5" wide and no wings.
 

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Just about every year they change the rules to "slow the cars down".
It usually takes the engineers about three lunch breaks and a weekend's fuel sniffing to get the cars back up to speed
F1 needs to go back to tires that are 5" wide and no wings.
Hmm... OK, that might take an extra two lunch breaks, plus a weekend in the wind tunnel. Then goodbye lap records... :p
 

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F1 needs to go back to tires that are 5" wide and no wings.
I agree fully. And they should make it a rule that the whole car minus wheels and supsenion and roll hoop has to fit throught 4 foot doughnut. they should also ban carbon fibre brakes.


After watching LeMans this year...they should make it a rule that unless the car is sold for street...including engines...brakes...wings...etc...they should not be allowed to race.

Lets get it back to where it was the drivers....and not the cars that made winners.
And to where one could identify with the cars running.
 

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Excuse my ignorance but if F1 is supposed to be the pinnacle of motorsports racing AND they are so concerned with safety, why is it open wheel? It seems to me that open wheel is dirtier aerodynamically than a Le Mans type body and certainly more dangerous when there is contact. Is it simply a matter of tradition?
 
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